In textiles technology pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make textile products. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They are encouraged to think creatively, solving problems both as individuals and as members of a team.

They combine practical and intellectual skills with an understanding of aesthetics, technical, cultural, health, social, emotional, economic, industrial and environmental issues. They also have the opportunity to evaluate present and past designs and designers. Through design and technology pupils develop confidence in using practical skills and become better at using a range of everyday products.

These are the essential skills and processes used in Textiles technology that pupils need to learn to make progress:

  • Generate, develop and communicate ideas in a range of ways
  • Respond creatively to briefs, developing their own design ideas
  • Apply their knowledge and understanding of a range of fabrics to design and make their own products
  • Use their understanding of others’ designing to inform their own ideas
  • Plan and organise activities Shape, join, assemble and finish fabrics and components
  • Evaluate which hand and machine tools, equipment and facilities are the most appropriate to use
  • Solve technical problems
  • Reflect when evaluating and make changes to their ideas to make improvements


Key Stage 3

Year 7 - Introduction to Textiles

Basic skills development including measuring, marking, cutting and hand sewing. Introduction to tools, fabrics and processes including health and safety. Learning about where fabrics come from and how they are produced. Natural fabrics and their properties.

Possible Projects:

  • Designing and making a hand puppet
  • Weaving wool to create fabrics for a desk tidy
  • Designing and making a sock creature
  • Designing and making a keyring

Year 8 - Introduction to Decorative Technique & Smart Materials

  • Dyeing and printing techniques, such as tie-dye and stencilling. Development of hand embroidery stitches
  • Introduction to smart and modern materials including thermodynamic dyes
  • Introduction to electrical equipment including, stencil cutters, steam press and electric sewing machines

Possible Projects:

  • Designing and making a cushion based upon the Mexican 'Day of the Dead' Festival
  • Designing and making a bottle coat. An innovative design project to make a range of insulating coats to cover water bottles using modern textiles

Key Stage 4

Years 9 - 11

Current year nine students and subsequent years choosing to continue their studies in Textiles will opt for the new Fashion and Textiles Technical Award (AQA) this is a robust vocational qualification which is the equivalent to one GCSE. This is a three year course.

Skills delivered in year nine will include:
Use of tools and equipment, finishing skills, colouring fabrics, surface embellishments, manufactured components and construction techniques. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as communication and collaboration.

The assessment structure for this course is:
30% Unit 1- Skills demonstration (bite sized projects to demonstrate competency in core skills)
30% Unit 2 – Extended making project (showcasing the skills developed in Unit 1)
40% Unit 3 – External assessment (written exam)

Current Year 10 - 11

Current year ten and eleven students are studying GCSE Textiles Technology (AQA 45702)

Year 10 (Autumn Term)

Skills programme

Short focused practical


  • Decorative techniques
  • Construction techniques
  • Materials and components
  • Tools and Equipment
  • The sewing machine, computerised embroidery machine, over-lockers, steam press, iron and ironing board
  • Measuring, cutting and hand sewing equipment

Controlled assessment brief is chosen (this is an AQA set brief)

  • Research skills
  • Task analysis: the main issues including:
    • Client/target market
    • Initial research: image board
    • Introduce client profiles, existing products
  • Product analysis: Analysis of research: Use of different methods of analysis

Year 10 (Spring Term)

Product Design and Make Assignment Unit 2

Students to be encouraged to be creative and innovative in their thinking. This allows the application of Term 1's skills programme and the opportunity to extend their knowledge. Includes: Writing a design specification Design ideas Development modelling/testing shape. Testing techniques and their application. Modifications made to design ideas.

Year 10 (Summer Term)

Focus on industrial practice and the extension of work learned in Terms 1 and 2. Includes: Fabric, product and manufacturing specifications.

Year 11 (Autumn Term)

The bulk of Unit 2 is done this term. Encourage creative, original work. Quality finish is important. Development and testing could also and ideally will include making skills. Testing and evaluating throughout. It is the application of the subject content that is required for students to achieve good marks. A total of 45 hours is the recommendation for Unit 2.

Year 11 (Spring Term)

During February/March the pre-release paper arrives in schools. Pre-release paper should be issued to students on or after 1st March Marking of Unit 2 Completion of Unit 2 by 31 March is advisable. The marks must be submitted to AQA and the moderator by 7 May and this allows time for schools to standardise and mark. Revision of the subject content/knowledge and understanding if Unit 1 is being taken at the end of a two year course. Practise of examination questions/preparation for the final examination.

Year 11 (Summer Term)

The date of the examination for Unit 1 will determine the period of time that can be allocated for revision, help and advice for students to prepare for Section A and Section B. Exam leave. Students can continue to prepare and develop their ideas for their response to section A of the Unit 1 examination.

Textiles Staff

Mrs C Jesson

Subject Leader of Textiles